Thursday, December 11, 2014


SO I've been pretty quiet since the fundraiser. Thanksgiving holidays were coming up. Went to the Seven Springs for their opening weekend with my family from Maryland.
My sister Bri needed a helmet. You like? ;) 

Don't worry. We found a better helmet for her.

Hello from Mt. Holly
Came back and heard about Mt. Holly having a snowboard clinics  the following weekend for those who want to become an instructor. I signed up and after last weekend, I'm now a snowboard instructor at Holly!
The holidays are coming up, and I'll have the chance to hit two birds with one stone... to ride during more during the break and to instruct those who wanna learn how to ride.

I'm also scheming for the next fundraiser event since I'm half-way from my goal. Stay tuned! 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

USA Team

You guys have been asking who's on the snowboard team. Here's the list that we know of so far! 

US Snowboard Team Leader  - Kyle Emard

US Freestyle Coach - Darrick De La O

US Alpine Coach - Jeff Pollock (as racer/coach)

US Deaf Alpine Snowboard Team:

1. Jeff Pollock 
2. Nixo Lanning
3. Lauren Benedict

US Deaf Freestyle Snowboard Team:

1. Sean Esson
2. Blair Esson
3. Lauren Weibert
4. Jenny Berrigan 

Monday, November 24, 2014

How to Donate

Here are different ways you can donate:

  1. Give the money directly to me, and I'll send it in
  2. Donate online: (Keep in mind that the site does keep the 5% of the donation)
  3. Mail a check:
    • Payable to USADSF
    • PO BOX 910338
    • Lexington, KY 40591-0338 - 
    • write my name "Jennifer Berrigan" in the memo. 
    • Take a picture of the check and e-mail it to me so I can keep track of it

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Fundraiser Update

Thanks everyone for coming out and showing me the love. The event has raised a grand total of $1,227 including donations from those who couldn't come.

The winners for the Chili Cook-Off:
1st place: Judy Vardon
2nd place: Stefanie Smolinski
3rd place: Rosina Switras

Honorary Mentions:
Dianne Kinnee
Kelly Laatsch

Thanks again to all those places and people that donated towards the event that made it a success! Before I share some photos, I want to give them all a shout out:

My Mom, Aunt Anne, Aunt Kathy, Bonnie Jo Gemmill (You are awesome! Thank you!), Heba Schwebke and family, JoJo and Sean Forbes (For the yummy Starbucks coffee and the awesome shirt!), Megan Kish, VG's Grocery (for the hot dogs and stuff), the Chili Cook-Off contestants that brought their chili and fed the hungry masses, Ashley Barbour and Katie Mattina for helping with the tickets, FAD members for being helpful with the space rental, and finally the following places that donated towards the silent auction/raffles: 

And now, here are some of the pictures from the event. Thanks to Yuliette for taking some pictures while I was running around!
Kicking off the fundraiser !

The Chili Cook-Off line up! 

Drawing of the raffle prizes!
Drawing of the raffles! 

The people who came and helped make the fundraiser a success! 

Announcement of the Chili Cook-Off contestants and the winners!
(L to R: Rosina Switras, Judy Vardon, Dianne Kinnee, Stefanie Smolinski, Kelly Laatsch)
For those who want to donate, you can donate online:

Thanks for all the love! 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

First Day of the Season!

Winter has come early once again, and the ski resorts have opened around here. It's just something about being out on the snow that brings a new kind of energy. 

Went out to Mt. Holly to get warmed up and get my legs back. Had a blast. Lapped the park and just getting the feel of it. Hiked it a few times. Tried for backside 180 on and, after some falls, I finally banged it out with a pretzel 180 out. It felt good, and I'm just pumped that I got that down on my first day back. I'm going have to get that on video when I have the chance.

The local ABC news channel came out, and I got to have my face in the frame for a couple of seconds. Peep my face with a shit-eating grin at the 43 seconds mark on the video:

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Contestants Annoucements!

Now is the time to announce who our Chili Cook-Off contestants will be, and they are (drumroll)....

Stefanie Smolinski!
Dianne Kinnee!
Judy Vardon!
Joanne Forbes!
Kelly Laatsch!

Because YOU ALL will be the judge, please do not ask them to tell you what they are going to make or which chili is theirs. That information will be private until everyone has put in their votes.

Once the vote has been counted, the winners will be announced! We will have prizes for the first and second place winners.

Good luck to the contestants!!

Don't forget to join the Event page on Facebook: Chili Cook-Off

List of Donations

This is a near-complete list of all the places that have made their donations towards the silent auction and raffles. These places are awesome! If you click on the names, it'll take you to their website!


My Mom, Peggy Gelaude, and my Aunt Anne MacShane for putting together and donating the gift baskets.

Bonnie Jo Gemmill for donating her quilt runner.

VG's Grocery for donating some food for the fundraiser event.

Heba Schwebke and her family for donating the paper wares and plastic wares. 

You guys are awesome. If any more donations are made, I will give you a shout out! 

And now... peep this video for another preview of the items that will be up for grabs at the silent auction! 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Fundraiser Donation Update!

More exciting donations from the following places:

Barnes and Nobles
The Laundry/Crust
Shark Club


Mt. Holly!! 
They donated two lift tickets and two ski rentals!!

Stayed tuned for more donations update and don't forget to tell your friends!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Chili Cook Off - Vlog Update:

Still accepting Chili Cook-Off Contestants! 

Friday, November 7, 2014

Chili Cook Off: Raffle/Silent Auction Donations

Hey guys! We've been getting donations towards the Raffle/Silent Auction. Here's a sneak peek!

Come bid on these prizes!
I want to give a shout out to the following that have donated thus far:

Bob Evans

Galaxy Lanes

Bangkok Peppers

Oliver T's

Backyard BBQ

Sean Forbes

There's definitely much more to come! So be sure to come with your wallet all filled with cash and be ready to be the best bidder!

Who knows, one of these may be a prize for the winner of the Chili Cook off!

We're still accepting entries for the competition! So, be bold and enter!

I'm excited! Are you?

Friday, October 31, 2014

No Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movie

The No Ordinary Hero: SuperDeafy Movie is coming to the Flint Rave Cinema on December 4th!

5% of the ticket sales will go towards the fundraising cause to send me to the Deaflympics.

Reserve your tickets now!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Chili Cook Off: Flyer and Contestant Search!

Chili Competition Fundraiser: Chili Cook Off!
The Search for Chili Contestants

Now accepting contestants to enter the Chili Cook Off Competition!
Contestants don’t have to pay admission fee but instead they contribute to the fundraiser by entering their Chili into the fundraiser. Make enough to feed approximately 20 people. Winner of the contest will win a prize!

If interested, contact Jennifer Berrigan at

In the e-mail, please include the following information:

Your Name
Your Contact Information
Name of Chili
Chili Description

I will review all candidates and announce who will be official contestants by the week before the event!

Good luck and may the best Chili win!

Jennifer Berrigan

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Chili Cook Off!

For the fundraiser on November 23rd at F.A.D., the theme will be "Chili Cook Off!"

Currently taking applications for people who want to enter the competition! The winner will win a prize!

If interested, e-mail me (click on the link) with the following information:

Contact Information (e-mail or text)
Name of Chili
Description of Chili (What's in it)

I will review the applications and announce who will be officially entering the competition. Stay tuned!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Hold the date! November 23rd

Hold the date:

Sunday, November 23rd at FAD!

I'll be having a fundraising event that will surely involve and silent auction. Details to come!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Deaflympics Family History

I want to share a little bit of my family's background with their involvement in the Deaflympics games. My father's side of the family have a bit of a track record for competing in the summer Deaflympics.

Click on their names to see their events, years and rankings.

Uncle Terry 

Uncle Pat

Cousin Tony

Cousin Krystle

Cousin Kevin

Cousin Jenny Cooper

So, as you can imagine, being a Deaflympics athlete is a honor of mine, and I will be the first of my family to be a WINTER Deaflympics athlete.

Help me turn my dream into reality and help me finish this bucket list!

Click below to help me raise money!

Saturday, October 4, 2014


Here's the low down on how to get to Khanty-Mansiysk. Courtesy of Deaflympics 2015's facebook page. Click "like" if you haven't!

There is no train or flight that goes directly to Khanty-Mansiysk, but there are daily flights to Khanty-Mansiysk (HMA) with connection flights from Moscow, St. Petersburg, and other major cities of Russia. The HMA airport is just 10 minutes from downtown OR flight to Surgut (SGC) with connection flight in Moscow. Free transportation to Khanty-Mansiysk will be provided in Surgut. Driving time from Surgut to Khanty-Mansiysk is about 4 hours (300 km / 186 miles).
Airport Codes: Khanty-Mansiysk (HMA), Magnitogorsk (MQF), Surgut (SGC), St. Petersburg (LED), Moscow (MOW - for all airports in Moscow. SVO - Sheremtjevo, DME - Domodedovo, VKO - Vnukovo).
For Invitations / Visa Information - send inquiry at:

Flights to Khanty-Mansiysk (HMA) from St. Petersburg and Moscow airports. There is no train available that goes directly to Khanty-Mansiysk.

Surgut to Khanty-Mansiysk - Free transportation will be provided by the Organising Committee of 2015 Winter Deaflympics.

St. Petersburg to Khanty-Mansiysk is about 3 hours 10 mins by air.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

She's baaaaackkkkk!

Hey guys!

Here's an ASL version of the blog: Click me!

English version:

Winter Deaflympics is back again for 2015, and we're back in the running! This time it's in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia! It'll be on March 28th - April 5th of 2015. To follow the Winter Deaflympics 2015, click LIKE on the facebook page: Facebook Page; Deaflympics 2015. There's also an official website page to follow as well: Deaflympics 2015

What happened with the Winter Deaflympics in 2011 was a shock for everyone involved, but we're brushing the dust off our shoulders and rising from the ashes!

Long story short, the coaches have asked for me to rejoin the team, and I'm excited to be back! I've kept a log of everyone who donated from 2011, and I've returned the money back. So now, I have to fundraise once again.

Fundraising costs:

$3,700 to cover the flight to Russia, uniforms, room/boarding.
I'll also need to raise additional money to help with the training costs prior to the Deaflympics event, including the flight tickets I'll need to buy to meet my team at the airport. I'm estimating this to be at about another $1,000.

To round it up, my goal is to raise $5,000.

Most importantly, I have a deadline to raise and send in $1,850 by November 15th. My second deadline to send in another $1,850 is by January 30th.

I've started up a fundraising page so people from afar can help out: Go Fund Me

There are also a few local fundraising event/ideas that I'm currently scheming up so stay tuned!